A Home for CALS’ Signature Student Experiences

One of the hallmarks of a CALS education is our emphasis on beyond-classroom experiences that allow students to integrate their classroom learning with pre-professional experiences — something we call the CALS Signature Student Experience. More than 72% of CALS undergraduates participate in three or more out-of-classroom experiences, which include studying abroad, working on grant-funded research, having an internship, or joining a student organization.

Currently, there is no designated space for our more than 20 student organizations. We also lack space for career services, including corporate recruiter interviews, alumni mentoring activities, and international study programs. All of these organizations, activities, and programs are in need of a home.

Luckily, a future home exists. Located in Allen Centennial Gardens is a historic building that could provide a home for these organizations. The Queen Anne style dwelling was built as a private residence for the William Henry, dean of agriculture at UW-Madison in 1896. Over the years, four deans and their families occupied the home, located near the shores of Lake Mendota.

The historic dean’s residence has been changed only minimally over the years and is in need of renovations to make it a functional, modern space for students. Renovations will transform a 19th-century single family home into a 21st century student services center. The architectural features of the house will provide a welcoming and supportive environment for students to build their own communities and to explore options to expand their horizons.

You can help give students the space they need by making a donation in support of the project. Every gift makes a difference.